How much does this hair removal device help?
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
If you don’t know what the Flawless is, it is a hair removal device for small, fine hairs found on the face. Its intended use is to remove peach fuzz, and it definitely does that—but at $29.99 a pop, is it really worth it?
The Flawless Facial Hair Remover is made by Finishing Touch, a beauty company not really known for anything else. It was originally distributed via the Shopping Network but blew up after receiving many positive reviews from various magazines and beauty gurus on YouTube. Supposedly you can use it every day, avoiding that awkward phase between shaving or waxing when you have to grow the hair out. The product also claims that the hair won’t grow back thicker—as is the case with many other hair removal options.
Personally, I have never really had an issue with facial hair. My skin is in relatively good condition, and the minor peach fuzz on my face is barely noticeable since I am blonde naturally. However, I do enjoy wearing makeup, and one of the benefits of removing said peach fuzz is that your makeup will last longer without setting spray and will blend better. So, I decided to give it a whirl based off of that.
The device itself is fairly innocuous. It’s a little bigger than a lipstick tube and comes in either pink or black. It has a cap and the switch isn’t sensitive, so you can safely store it in your makeup bag or purse. It runs on a single AA battery—which is included—so after the initial cost it is relatively inexpensive to maintain. It also has no internal blades, so it is safe for travel.
Initially I didn’t see much of a difference. As I said before, my peach fuzz was barely visible. However, I knew it was working when I went to clean it out and there was a tiny lint ball of my own facial fuzz. Brushing over the area with my fingers, I can feel a difference. It does remove the minor hairs and also exfoliates a little bit, leaving the skin smooth to the touch. I then used it continuously every day after that for a week. I was surprised that by the end of it, my skin wasn’t irritated. My skin is really sensitive, to the point where even most alcohol-based toners will turn me into a tomato. The Flawless, however, didn’t have any negative impact. My makeup application has also benefitted—removing the hair does make it easier to blend, and my foundation seems to be sitting better for longer periods of time.
I will probably continue using this, but I still remain unconvinced that the price is worth it. That may be because I never had to experience unwanted facial hair, or it might be because I’m really frugal when it comes to anything besides makeup and food. I think if you have small hairs that make you self-conscious, I would definitely recommend you try this out. However, it is not precise enough to handle intricate brow trimming—though Finishing Touch did recently release similar devices for the brows and legs—and you do have to use it every day due to that unpleasant stubbly feeling that you’re likely to experience if you don’t.